Since I'm no longer earning a regular paycheck and have a bit more time on my hands, I decided to open an Etsy shop selling fab vintage stuff. I am obsessed with antiques, vintage kitchen and home decor items - so this came easily to me. I regularly cruise the thrift and resale shops, garage sales, flea markets, antique malls, and estate sales. So, this was a natural progression to start an online business. I dream of someday owning an actual brick and mortar shop….but for now, an online business fits my lifestyle just right.
|Vintage, Resale & Repurposed Goods. |
So far, I've been selling some great stuff! There are plenty more great things listed, and I'm constantly adding new items. I would love it if you'd check it out and perhaps tell a friend!
See the logo and link above. I am also on Facebook at https://facebook.com/SixthStreetMarket
and Instagram at @SixthStreetMarket and @Retrogirl66
Some of the items in the shop now are Vintage Pyrex, Vintage Fire King bowls, Vintage Repogle Globe, Vintage Camera, Vintage Glassware & Barware. You should really check it out!
I have some great kitchen items that will make fab holiday gifts, and some that will add fab vintage flair to your Thanksgiving dinner!
Just a few of the fab kitschy vintage retro items below…so much more - so please visit me at ETSY!
The PorkChomps Giveaway Closed 8/31/2013
A Random Winner was chosen via Random.org
The Lucky Winner is: #13 Aimee Murad !!
Congratulations Aimee!! Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond with mailing address to claim her prize. If not claimed, another random winner will be drawn.
Thanks to all who participated, posted/tweeted etc! I want to give a huge thank you to our sponsor - the folks at PorkChomps Please be sure to visit them online and check out their fabulous, safe/healthy products for your furry friends!
My dog Lucie is so intelligent! She's a border collie/labrador mix and has the greatest attributes from both breeds - she is so smart and has a sweet disposition. She loves to play frisbee, play tag with my son (aka herding the funny-looking-hairless-puppy to her…LOL!) and is very healthy for a 9 year old dog.
Lucie has a vocabulary of probably over 100 known words and was super easy to train. She can also sniff out food or dog treats from a mile away! So when I received a box of Pork Chomps Premium 100% Rawhide-Free dog chews to try out - she was the one who alerted me that the box was on the porch! She kept standing by the front door, pacing and sniffing and came to "tell me" something was on the porch. I went and low and behold - there was our box from the folks at Pork Chomps! I brought it inside and opened it while Lucie sniffed at the box impatiently. Once I opened it up, she quickly rooted through the box of assorted goodies and selected her first treat!
Pork Chomps are rawhide-free, vet approved and are the healthiest, safest dog chews available. Since they are rawhide free, this makes them much easier and faster for dogs to digest. They are made from pork skin rather than tasteless and hard to digest beef rawhide. Pork Chomps are made from natural, dye-free ingredients which I feel a lot better about giving my dog. They have natural flavors and natural ingredients like bacon, sweet potato, peanut butter and duck. Yummy for dogs and healthy! One thing I didn't know is that Scott Pet, the company that makes Pork Chomps has been around since 1975! I am so glad to know that this company is so dedicated to making healthy, safe treats for dogs. They have a list of retail stores on their website - so you can find them at a store near you!
We actually had a "Rawhide Incident" with Lucie last spring. She was given a rawhide bone as a treat for her birthday, and after eating the entire large chewy bone we noticed over the next 2 days she really wasn't eating or drinking. She wasn't eliminating as usual either. After a couple days, she started eating again but quickly vomited up her food and water. This worried me and we took her to the vet and our vet found that she actually had a blockage from the rawhide chew. The vet kept her overnight and had to remove the chewy from inside Lucie. The cheap $3 chewy bone quickly became a very frightening experience for our family, painful for our beloved dog and cost $500 to remove from her intestines. That's when we decided NO MORE RAWHIDE! But I didn't learn about Pork Chomps until recently. After reading their website and reviews from other buyers - I was convinced that this product would be safe for my best friend.
Lucie first tried the Sweet Potato Wrapped Twistz chew treats, and the Bacon Flavor Twists next. She seemed to really enjoy gnawing and eating them. I noticed she seemed much calmer after eating the Pork Chomps - probably from getting that good oral-motor/chewing sensation that dogs crave so much. Pork Chomps are totally odor free and stain free, so there was no mess afterward or stinky smell like some dog treats leave behind. I like that because I am easily put off by strong smells.
The Pork Chomps Premium varieties available are:
- Twistz & Rollz
- Knotz & Earz
- Crunchy Bones
And the Traditional Line of Pork Chomps Products include:
- Twistz & Rollz
- Knotz & Earz
- Chipz & Stripz
- Crunchy Bones
- Other items - like Pressed Bones, Bagelz and Ribz
The products are healthy, and safe enough for daily consumption. They will make great stocking stuffers for Lucie (yes, we give our dog a christmas stocking!), birthdays, and anytime treats. I think your dog would love them too!
You can check out Pork Chomps on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to learn all about their great products and see cute pictures of dogs, and read interesting information! THERE IS STILL TIME FOR THEIR AUGUST 2013 FREE SHIPPING PROMO AND THEIR $1.99 SALE - CHECK THOSE OUT HERE
WIN 2 BAGS OF PORK CHOMPS 100% RAWHIDE-FREE CHEWS FOR YOUR DOG!
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Giveaway Ends at 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time - August 31, 2013. GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY. Winner will be selected by random drawing and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond with physical mailing address and if no response - another winner will be selected.
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Disclosure: I received full sized samples of Pork Chomps Rawhide Free Dog snacks in exchange for our opinion and for sharing information and my results with readers. Our dog really enjoyed this product! I was not required to give a positive review, nor was I paid for my review. Individual results may vary, please check product labels for more information and the company website for further product details. If your pet has any health concerns contact your vet before giving treats.
I am convinced that aliens abducted my precious baby boy….and replaced him with this huge 45 pound eating machine that is now off to Kindergarten! This big boy is reading, doing basic addition/subtraction, can count well over 100, and count to 10 in Spanish and French…Sometimes I think he has an eidetic memory (i.e.: Sheldon Cooper jr. here!)
Yesterday was his first day of big boy school!! He rode the bus…and as you can see, he was a bit nervous but he was looking forward to it. I got misty eyed as I hugged him and waved goodbye. It seems like just yesterday we walked into the adoption agency in Seoul S. Korea and met this tiny, wiggly baby boy after praying and waiting for so long. Now he has the vocabulary of a 7 year old, and does daring flips on his trampoline and is ready to go off and become a little scientist.
He was sad that he couldn't take his precious lovey - his stuffed beanie ball "Pinkie" with him to school. I promised him that Pinkie would help me bake him a cake for his first day…he didn't believe me until I showed him the picture of Pinkie frosting the triple chocolate cake….hahahaha! He got a real kick out of this!
I quit my job recently - so I can be home whenever my son needs, to go along on field trips, be here when the school is on break or closed. It became such a struggle to get off work whenever he had a sensory meltdown at daycare/preschool and to make up time or make up the heavy workload - we just decided it's not worth it. Especially when public schools are closed for 2 weeks over the Christmas holiday, spring break week, Thanksgiving break, 3 months in the summer, and whenever a snow flake falls….so I quit!
I plan on opening an online Etsy shop for vintage/resale items, hopefully blogging more, and just being there for my family a lot more than I have been able to do when I worked. So back to SAHM' hood for me!
Next week the big thing on our calendar is evaluation and testing at the children's hospital neurology department for ASD - Asperger's Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorders. It has been suspected for awhile that maybe he is on the very high functioning end of the spectrum and not just been SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD. Often some of these issues are co-morbid, meaning a child can quite possibly have multiple issues going on. Our son is super high intelligence - scored on an IQ test in the range of a 7-8 year old - but has sensory issues, anxiety, hyperactivity, and challenges socially and coping with the world around himself sometimes. He can seem totally fine one moment and at another is doing things that are very inappropriate and sometimes very unusual because a meltdown is coming, or he is stressed over something around him and gets overloaded easily. We feel we've gotten about 90% of the way there in learning about SPD and ADHD and what we need to do for him but there has just been a piece of the puzzle missing…something still not quite right. So his doctors and we want to check this out and in case there is more we can do for him, other approaches or treatments that can make his life happier and help him learn to cope and grow into an emotionally strong and stable child.
Fortunately we have a great elementary school and school system. IJ has a great IEP in place and will get Occupational Therapy (OT) at school which will help greatly. The staff are wonderful and are working closely with us to teach IJ to be a good school citizen and cope with his world. I wasn't crazy about moving to a new state, but things are starting to fall in place with finding services and understanding providers, teachers for our son -- so maybe this was meant to be. We'll see….every day is certainly a new adventure in parenting!
How are your kids handling back to school? Do your kids face any special challenges? I would love to hear from other moms of kids with sensory issues, Autism, SPD, ADHD and compare notes.
My son is a big snacker. He's a growing 5 year old and is very active. He loves swimming, riding his bike, jumping on the trampoline and is in constant motion. (See below).
This means my son is constantly hungry. His metabolism is super high and he needs a constant supply of "fuel". Because he has ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) I try to make sure his diet consists mainly of organic and whole foods. He is very sensitive to artificial dyes and additives. He eats a lot of fruit, veggies, and organic snacks. We are always on the search for new choices as he often grows bored with the same snacks over and over. Because we are always on the go, portability is also important to us.
I was recently introduced to YummyHealth Snacks. We were excited to get an opportunity to try some of their snacks, and my son really enjoyed them. YummyHealth is a company that was started by a mom, Lisa Goldbaum, who much like me, was fed up with all the junk food being marketed to kids. She wanted to offer her kids healthy, tasty snacks. In her search, she found that most so-called healthy snacks contained as much sugar and processed starch as other commercial products. So, she set out to create her own. She created YummySwaps - Snack chips that are made from real cheese, and bars that have wholesome ingredients.
We tried the Chocolate Blast snack bars and the YummySwaps Chips. The bars contain ingredients such as coconut, cocoa, and flax seed. The chips come in 3 flavors - Cheddar, Nacho and Pizza flavor. My favorite were the Cheddar. My son's favorite was the pizza. Nacho was pretty good too. These chips are unique - they are made of 99% real cheese. The other 1% is the natural seasonings. They contain no artificial colors, no wheat corn or potatoes. Both products are free of gluten, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial colors, flavors and free of preservatives.
They were delicious. Our snacks arrived on a hot day, and the bars were a bit melty, so we put them in the freezer for a bit. They were super tasty and delightfully chewy when cold! (My son is a chewer with the SPD/sensory seeking - and this proved to be good oral-motor input having the firm/chewy cold bar! I will definitely do this again).
The chips were light and crispy and pretty tasty. You can eat them right out of the bag, or they would be great on a salad - I think. They have 0 sugars, and have 5 grams of protein and are loaded with calcium. I think these snacks are great for back to school lunchbox items.
I had pictures of the snacks but due to a computer crash - I regret that I lost my original photos of the snacks in and out of their packaging. My apologies.
YummyHealth also makes natural soft drinks - (we did not receive any but I believe I have seen them in Kroger's, Whole Foods, and our local small organic food store). Since my son is only 5 - we are not really introducing him to any carbonated beverages at this time.
I give YummyHealth a thumbs up for quick, portable, tasty and healthy snacks. The company is fairly new so at this time you can buy the bars and chips online at their website. You can purchase variety packs of chips and do a "subscription" to receive them every 3, 6 or 12 months. I am hoping that these will soon be available at local stores. I have seen the soft drinks, as mentioned above, in local stores, however.
Disclosure: I received full sized samples of YummyHealth snacks in exchange for our opinion and for sharing information and my results with readers. I was not required to give a positive review, nor was I paid for my review. Individual results may vary, please check food product labels for nutritional information and potential allergens that may affect you personally. Any questions about the products may be directed to the company.
Ahh good old summertime! Put on those flip flops and your sunglasses and let's get grillin' and chillin'! I am ALL about outdoor living and enjoying fun summer times with good company and good food. With all the graduation festivities, summer birthdays and Father's Day coming this weekend, it's a great time to be outside with your family and friends for a great American cookout.
I was super psyched when I got picked for the BzzAgent Fresh Squeezed Summer campaign with the Kroger family of stores! My husband recently put in an above ground pool and built a deck for it and my family came to visit recently to help with the finishing touches. What better time to have a family BBQ?
Kroger stores have everything you need to feed your family great food at a great price. In our new suburb, we shop at Pay-Less, one of several stores in the Kroger family. To me it basically is a Kroger store, since they have Kroger brands and the Plus card, etc. When we moved here, I was SO glad to find one of the Kroger stores. I grew up with Kroger's in Cincinnati and also shopped there for years in KY. But when we moved to Chicagoland - no such luck. So this is just another thing that is helping me feel more at home in our new place!
Kroger has all the great foods for cookouts, parties, road trips or picnics. Some of the great food products they have that are perfect for this are:
- 100% Ground Seasoned Turkey and Ground Beef burgers. These are frozen patties, ready to put on the grill. The beef patties come in a variety of lean offerings. They have regular sized burgers and now have ground beef sliders!
- New Slider buns - perfect for mini burgers. They come in whole wheat and honey.
- Kroger Brand Potato Chips - original or Cheddar & Sour Cream Ripple Chips.
- Kroger Deluxe Ice Cream - great flavors like S'Mores, Butter Toffee, Snicker doodle, and many others.
- Big K Soft Drinks - Cost less than name brands and taste great. Try the Orange Cream Soda, Vanilla Cream, Peach and Diet Blackberry among other traditional flavors.
I received coupons to try some of these products for free - as a BzzAgent so this was great for the cookout we wanted to have for our visiting family. The Slider burgers must be really popular - they were out of them at my store. So we got the Extra Lean Ground Beef burgers, Whole Wheat buns, The Cheddar & Sour Cream potato chips, Big K Diet Root Beer as requested by the guys, and I didn't see the S'mores flavor Deluxe ice cream so we got the Triple Brownie flavor instead. We had plenty of food to feed the whole gang. Everyone loved the food, especially the burgers! They were so juicy and tasty!
I really hope to get some of the slider burgers and buns next time we go to Krogers. I think they would be great to do with a Toppings Bar - where we can make a variety of burger styles to suit everyone's tastes.
Some feedback given by our guests - "These buns were soft and tasty!", "I like the chips - they're really crispy and cheesy", "I never tried Big K soda before - This Root Beer tastes as good as a major brand". The prices for these products are very reasonable.
Check out your local Kroger's, Pay-Less or one of their other great stores listed above for the great summer foods for your next party or cookout!
Disclosure: I received coupons for full sized samples of the Kroger brand products mentioned above, to try at a family BBQ in exchange for our opinion and for sharing information and my results with readers. I was not required to give a positive review, nor was I paid for my review. Individual results may vary, please check food product labels for nutritional information and potential allergens that may affect you personally. Any questions about the products may be directed to the Kroger Company
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3 Random Winners were drawn from the entries - and they are in no particular order:
Ski_Gurl95 - Kelly
Winners to be notified via email - you have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address and your coupon for a free Soft Scrub product will be sent out.
Thank you to the folks at Purex / Purex Insiders and Soft Scrub for sponsoring this giveaway!
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